Numerous studies have reported on the health benefits — both mental and physical — of religious belief. But precisely why faith is linked to higher levels of well-being and lower levels of mortality remains something of a mystery.

Newly published research provides an intriguing clue: When they make a mistake, religious people are less likely to get stressed out about it.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/and-god-said-dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-17837/

Conservatives are happier than liberals. This according to a 2006 Pew Research Center survey cited in a paper published this month in Psychological Science.  (Klicka länken för att se varför…)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=BABCDEA5-D180-499B-094168CBE5442468

Is your mind wandering right now? Will it begin doing so before you get to the end of this article? Newly published research by two Harvard University psychologists suggests the odds are close to 50-50.

Using data collected from a specially designed iPhone app, the researchers — stay with me now — report we spend nearly 47 percent of our waking hours thinking about something other than what’s happening in front of us. Moreover, they write in the journal Science, this lack of focus tends to make us less happy. (…)

Mind-wandering is an excellent predictor of people’s happiness,” Killingsworth told the Harvard public affairs and communications office. “In fact, how often our minds leave the present, and where they tend to go, is a better predictor of our happiness than the activities in which we are engaged.”

http://www.miller-mccune.com/health/memo-to-the-mind-dont-wander-be-happy-25262/

If you’re acting stupid because you’re a stoner, you might just be playing to type. That is, it may be your expectations about marijuana’s long-term cognitive effects — rather than any real effect of the drug itself — that is to blame, particularly if you’re male, according to new research. The study, which was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, explored the effect of ”stereotype threat” — the idea that performance is affected by conventional images of minorities — on marijuana smokers.

http://healthland.time.com/2010/11/18/are-stoners-really-dumb-or-do-they-just-think-they-are/